On more than one occasion, I’ve shared that I begin each day by reading Seth Godin’s Blog. The topics are so well written that they appeal to a wide range of readers. Even though the posts are not necessarily about education, I find many connections to the world of leadership and learning. One of his most recent ones, Can An Audiobook Change Your Life? planted the seed for this blog.
About 6 years ago, a friend at the time lent me a copy of “The Life of Pi” on CD. It was one of those “must read” books that everyone else seemed to know about. So each morning, I would strap my CD player to my waist and begin my morning walk. I became so intrigued with the book that on many days I would walk at night too. I can vividly recall listening to the final chapter as I sat on my back deck, not wanting to turn it off but my legs were aching from so much walking I couldn’t take another step. The power of the audiobook had hit me.
During the summer that I was taking my SOQP course, we needed to read a rather lengthy book on Emotional Intelligence. In an effort to be more efficient with my time, I purchased the audiobook and listened to it as I drove back and forth for my course. Again, killing two birds with one stone ~ driving and digesting information.
In an effort to broaden my audiobook palate, I started to listen to novels and then whole series. Some of my favourites are David Baldacci’s The Camel Club Series and James Patterson’s, The Women’s Murder Club. I can’t tell you exactly how many novels that I’ve listened to in the last 6 years, but I can still vividly recall so many of the characters, the intertwining plots and the unpredictable endings. Again killing two birds with one stone ~ expanding my tastes and enjoyment
In the last 6 years, I’ve traded my bulky CD player for an iPod Shuffle, listened to, more than I can recall, audiobooks and I’m now downloading both professional and personal books directly to my iPhone. I rarely turn on the car radio and find myself purposefully taking the long way home, just to listen to the final words in a chapter. I couldn’t agree more with Seth when he challenges his readers to “just try it”.
Are you an audiobook listener? Do you have any great recommendations?
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